“The aches, the pains, the muscle fatigue…no doubt I would end up sore. Breathing heavy, buckets of sweat dripping from my body, can’t wait to go back for more.”
Training away on the elliptical machine the other day, it hit me – 6 months of working out with my trainer Matt at the gym and I’m still going strong. Sure, there were a few hiccups along the way and a few fattening holiday meals to contend with, but overall, I am making progress as I continue to move forward, getting fit, loosing weight, and working towards a happier heart.
At the beginning, workouts were tough and I often wondered to myself how I was ever going to make it through a singe day, let alone multiple workouts in a single week. My body ached and my muscles were sore – Matt had me working out areas I had probably never worked out before. As many other gym goers would likely agree, leg days were (and still are) the worst-especially the day or two following. Everyday tasks, like sitting down in a chair, walking down a flight of stairs – heck, even sitting down to go to the bathroom were a huge challenge – you literally want to laugh and cry at the same time! What in the world was my trainer trying to do to me?! Is the pain unbearable? No. Uncomfortable? Heck yeah! But the pain does pass and it’s back to the gym to do it all over again.
I could have easily thrown in the towel so many times and said “forget this!” when things
got a little hard. But I didn’t, not this time. There were days I was exhausted after work, but still, I showed up. I’m sure there were plenty of times I grumbled and groaned, pissed and moaned, but with his upbeat and encouraging attitude, Matt kept me moving along. Then there were (and still are) those times I tend not to speak up, times when I may try to push myself a little too hard…a sudden twinge of pain or discomfort and I probably should speak up, but I don’t. Times when I say I’m fine, but I think Matt is beginning to learn when I’m full of it and calls my bluff.
So to Matt, my trainer, a huge thank you for getting me back on track and helping me to work towards a fitter lifestyle. For being a great teacher and sharing your knowledge, even when you may think I might not be paying attention to what you are talking about. Thank you for pushing me to work a little harder when I needed to and not so much during those times I shouldn’t. And most importantly, for keeping me motivated as I work towards better health. Continue to be a positive influence to myself and others as you help us to achieve our personal goals.
“Push harder, push farther – push myself to the limit. Get stronger, get fitter, create a better me!”